WASHINGTON – The U.S. Lumber Coalition voiced its support for the latest preliminary determination by the U.S. Department of Commerce calling for a combined anti-subsidy and anti-dumping duty rate of 8.24% on Canadian softwood lumber imports.
“Continued enforcement of U.S. trade laws against unfairly traded Canadian lumber will maximize long-term domestic production and lumber availability produced by U.S. workers to build U.S. homes,” said Andrew Miller, chairman of the U.S. Lumber Coalition and CEO of Stimson Lumber.
“A level playing field against subsidized and dumped imports is particularly important during times of down markets when U.S. mills can least afford to lose sales to Canada’s harmful unfair trade practices that endanger U.S. jobs and communities who depend on a vibrant U.S. forestry industry,” Miller added.
The U.S. lumber industry initially pushed for the imposition of antidumping and countervailing duties on Canadian softwood lumber in 2017. The coalition said it “remains open to a new U.S.–Canada softwood lumber trade agreement if and when Canada can demonstrate that it is serious about negotiations.”
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